Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014
Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)
"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)
"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)
I am not sure who would enjoy it. It was truly boring. SK has lost his way for sure.
Yes, but only his early stuff. I really did not like his books written after the late 80s.
I found it a bit flat. More pizzazz needed.
Disappointed because The Shining was so good.
Yes, I found a great connection to the characters.
The human story mixed with fantasy.
I laughed out loud a few times
Books and music make my world go round, and I have 9 nieces and nephews and one chihuahua who rule my heart.
I already have. I listened to this book in less than two weeks which is quick for me. I was always anticipating getting back to it and thinking about it at odd hours of the day. At one point I did sneak off for a listen at work just to hear what happens next.
No specific book, however, the fast pace and the scary supernatural stuff that went on throughout the entire book reminded me of earlier Koontz. Twilight Eyes comes to mind as I am writing this.
When Rose first encounters Abbra in her head. Patton does a wicked pissed off Rose!
No one is who they appear to be
I want to clarify I didn't give it 5 stars only because I am overly critical about what I read. There are some plot lines involving Abbras' parents and herself that I was like "no way that would have happened." This was definitely worth my credit, and I would have purchased this book without one being an avid King fan. Thank you Stephen King for another awesome two weeks of escape. And to Will Patton for reading me to sleep every night. Like most King's books the narration was spot on.
joe the shmoe
Stephen King can be trusted to take you to the edge of the chasm of hell and then drop you in. And then miraculously bring you home.
The sympathy I came to feel for the evil ones, The True Knot.
I have recommend this book to my friends. King is at his best in this book.
I had read that the character Dan in Dr Sleep was continued from The Shining. I was compelled to listen to it before Dr Sleep was released to re-familiarize my self with the story and character Danny. I thought this book was better than The Shining.
Dan was so relatable in his struggles with alcoholism and charming when he used his supernatural skills for good to help the sick and elderly to "pass over".
Abra who ends up being Dan's niece is the most memorable. Her supernatural talents are stronger than Dan's. She pairs with Dan and they reign triumph over evil (the True Knot).
Mr King, we want more stories like this please!
Yes, but then I listen/read Stephen Kings books over and over again!
I liked re-visiting the characters from the Overlook. He did a wonderful job bringing it all back :) and continuing the story.
Unique & Thought Provoking
Dan - he is complex and let's face it - he's the kid from the Shining ;-)
Rose the Hat
A sequel for such a block-buster iconic hit such as the "Shining" was a big risk, but one I am glad Stephen King took! I really like this book and did not want it to end. I almost did not read it but I am so glad I did! Stephen King fans will not be disappointed
If you liked The Shinning (the book) you will definitely enjoy Dr. Sleep. It is classic King. A very good story line, true to life characters you can relate to, laugh out loud humor and yes, evil things! I read a few reviews before I bought this book and almost did not get it. Yes, it definitely has a lot of AA things in it, but it is necessary for the story and it is not over done. If you Like Stephen King, Get This Book !
This is just trash. Not interested in a baby who had premonitions that planes were going to crash in the world trade center on Sept 11. Or about how a girl who was sick of being raped by her father stuck a needle through his balls and then through his eyeball. Lots of child molestation. lots of incest. lots of disturbing stories mixed with lots of sappiness.
I loved Campbell Scott's audible version of "The Shining" and at first I wasn't sure I liked Patton's version which was much darker. After listening to the story in full, I can't imagine a better voice for many of the characters in the book, especially "Rose the Hat." He is able to maintain a wide variety of voices, and give life to each individual character. I am not sure Scott would have been able to pull this off, even though he is a talented actor himself.
If you are a Stephen King fan, you are going to read it, so my opinion is really mute. If you are a fan of the movie, I would recommend reading "The Shining" because Dr. Sleep is based on the novel "The Shining" and not the Kubrick film. It might be confusing when you learn that for example, Dick Hallorann survived the film. In the original novel, the Overlook Hotel, in my opinion; was the main character. In this sequel, the main character is no longer The Overlook Hotel, and for me that is why this novel shouldn’t be considered a sequel.
There are 3 central storylines: Danny Torrance-middle aged trying to get his life together through AA, Abra-a girl with supernatural powers stronger than Danny’s, and a group of RV travelers called the “True Knot. These characters aren’t vampires because they can die and they don’t suck blood. They live off the steam of those with psychic abilities.
The characters intertwine when Abra, a young girl who gains the"shine" on a murder that takes place in a distant town. Tony who is not only Danny’s childhood friend, but also currently Abra’s; links the two kindred spirits together to help solve the mystery of the murder and bring the evil doers to justice.
One of my favorite scenes in the book (without giving anything away) involved bringing back one of the original Shining characters, Horrace Derwent in one of the final scenes.
I wouldn't say there was a part of the book that particularly moved me...but I did feel proud of Danny for overcoming some of his childhood and alcholic demons.
Does the story work? Personally, I wish Stephen King had not combined the characters of the Shining with the new characters in this book. The Shining, in my opinion was scary because we were witnessing Jack Torrance’s personal demons and the circumstances that brought them to life. Danny's character fell flat in that regard. The True Knot, could have made for a stand alone story.
I found that the silly names of the True Knot and the voices Patton used for some of the characters funny and not scary. I am not sure I was supposed to laugh though.
If I could give Stephen King advice, I would say first, find a new editor! The first part of the story seems slow but has great character development. Then it appears the editor thought the story was moving too slowly and started chopping incomplete storylines without reviewing their importance to the reader. For example, there was great story building for 2 of the major characters of the True Knot, yet the storylines of their demise left me disappointed. I also wish King wouldn't use frequent crutches in his books like repeating phrases over and over again for emphasis. In this book's case the phrase referring to the child and the cocaine. We get the point! The first part read as a novel and the second part read as a screenplay. I wish I could have read the original unedited version.
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